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UPS Worker Killed on Dock

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UPS drivers are easily recognized by their brown uniforms and trucks. They drive through our neighborhoods every day, dropping off packages that people are eagerly anticipating. While many of us think of UPS as made up entirely of these people we routinely see, there are actually thousands that work behind the scenes, making the company run. It was one of these long-time workers that lost his life last week in a terrible accident. According to reports, the 48-year-old man stepped off of a dock outside of the UPS center on Pleasantdale Road in DeKalb County. As the man stepped down, an...

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Can I Go to Jail for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?

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Most people are aware that it is generally illegal to possess non-prescription narcotics and other illicit drugs. If the police find you with heroin, cocaine and even marijuana, you could be looking at jail time. But what about possessing tools and instruments, otherwise known as paraphernalia, related to those drugs? Read on to discover more about how you could be charged with possessing drug paraphernalia and what penalties you may be facing. What Is Drug Paraphernalia? Drug paraphernalia describes items that are used in connection with illegal drugs. Paraphernalia may be used to distribute drugs or ingest them. Federal law says that...

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Can I Move to Another State While on Probation?

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You have found yourself on probation for a criminal offense. You want a fresh start and have family in another state. You are considering moving, but you don't think you can. After all, if you don't follow the rules and restrictions of your probation, you could find yourself in jail. Not so fast. If you want to move out of state while you are on probation, it may be difficult, but it's not impossible. There are two ways that you can initiate such a move. Before you ditch your dreams of starting over, continue reading to find out if you just...

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Do Domestic Crimes Really Spike During the Holidays?

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It seems to make sense that domestic crimes would spike over the holidays. Tensions may be up, stress can be high, and there may even be a bit more alcohol consumed than usual. The truth of the matter, though, is that the spike of domestic crimes during the holidays is something of a myth. It's important how we look at domestic abuse. Rather than isolated incidents that fluctuate, there is an underlying current of power and control that is present at all times. Stress and heightened emotions can certainly exacerbate domestic abuse, but a person who abuses another is not having...

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Winter-Weather Driving is Here

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The wintery weather prompted Georgia DOT to issue multiple warnings leading up to the weekend. Crews were out and about on the state's highways spreading brine in an attempt to prevent as much ice as possible from forming on and sticking to the roadways. The biggest concern for the department was black ice. Motorists were urged to stay home if at all possible on Saturday, not only for their own safety, but to make the departments job easier. The weekend warnings are unusual for states in the southern part of the country where winters are mild and icy roads aren't as...

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Fault Still in Question in Atlanta Accident

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A crash at the intersection of Marietta Boulevard and Tacoma Drive occurred in the morning hours of Monday, December 4. The crash left five people injured, and it involved a semi truck and van. The Atlanta police are still trying to determine who is to be held at fault for the wreck. According to reports, the driver of the van was removed from the vehicle and left in critical condition. Two passengers in the van said that the woman had the green light and was traveling through the intersection when her vehicle was struck. Her current condition is unknown. Three passengers...

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Smartphone Breathalyzers Could Curb DUIs

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This year, the Colorado Department of Transportation gave away 475 smartphone breathalyzers to residents who had previously been convicted of driving under the influence. The department then surveyed the people to determine how the devices impacted their driving behavior. Nearly all of those who received the portable breathalyzers reported that those devices helped them to not drive impaired. Prior to participating in the program, just under half of the participants said that they believed they could drive a vehicle after having a few alcoholic drinks. After using the devices, that percentage shrunk to 30 percent. Of all participants in the program,...

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Police Could Soon Conduct Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

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During the last week of November, The Supreme Court was dealing with a case involving digital privacy. The high court was determining how exactly to apply legal rules in a way that would keep pace with rapidly advancing technology. According to reports, several justices are struggling with the fact that President Donald Trump's administration has taken a position that the government does not need a warrant in order to locate a person via their cell phone. The Deputy Solicitor has said that there are diminished rights to privacy when a person has turned their information over to a third party,...

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Can I Get Off Probation Early?

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If you are convicted of a crime, one of the best things you can hope for, aside from being given no time at all, is to be sentenced to probation. Essentially, probation is a prison (or jail) sentence that you serve within the community. In other words, you get to stay home. Once you learn about all the conditions that surround your being placed on probation, the punishment can seem restrictive, to say the least. Keep in mind, however, that you are far less restricted than you would be if you were sentenced to time behind bars. Typically, a person will...

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What Happens If I Miss Jury Duty?

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If you have received a jury summons in the mail and been tempted to rip it up, throw it in the garbage or otherwise ignore it, you aren't alone. Jury duty means time off of work and a general upheaval to your schedule. Yes, it's your civic duty, but no one said you had to be happy about it. Before you take the lid off the trash can and toss it in, know that your jury summons is a legal order. People have a misconception that they can't get in trouble for ignoring the notice. The truth is that you could...

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